Private golf course GMs, Directors and Members look for exceptional quality when painting a signature hole and of course, there are options. For example, all watches tell time, just as all artissts can paint, but the look and brand image make the difference in the perceived value. When choosing a golf artist, don’t compromise. A signature hole painting is your well crafted time peice that is very timeless.
Acclaimed artists are typically official artists for the most famous golf tournaments around the world. In addition, they have been acclaimed internationally for painting realistic paintings of the most prestigious golf courses such as St. Andrews, Kingsbarns, Turnberry, Carnoustie, Dubai Creek, Pine Valley China, Royal Melbourne, Royal Liverpool, Augusta, Valderrama and Pebble Beach to name just a few.
At times, you may feel that it is beyond your clubs budget to commission an original oil painting of your golf courses signature hole, that range from a mere $ 24,000 to $ 200,000. Art is an investment that is to be displayed in your club for the next 100 years and more, so it makes perfect sense to have the very best artsit to make that timeless impression. Here are just a few top golf courses of the world and what they chose to have painted.
Royal County Down
The 9th hole at Royal County Down is a masterpiece of the 9th fairway towards the Clubhouse with the Mountains of Mourne dominating the scene.
As you approach this terrific course, you’ll encounter rugged sand dunes covered in yellow gorse and purple heather. With a length of 7,000 yards from the back tees, it has the most memorable holes in the history of golf. Be prepared to face the wicked burrows in the small greens and a number of bunkers fringed with coarse grasses and blind drives that add a touch of eccentricity to the course. The fairways have become naturally undulating with the passing of time.
Enjoy the beauty of the magnificent Mountains of Mourne and the beauty of the Bay of Dundrum that reaches out to the Irish Sea. This classic links golf course, located in Newcastle in Northern Ireland, was designed by Old Tom Morris and was opened for play in 1889.
The 15th hole at Cypress Point was chosen since it is highly regarded as one of the best golf holes in the world or the worst if the approach shot ends up in the Pacific Ocean!
Perhaps one of the most emotional experiences is challenging the diverse terrain at the cliffs edge. Located at Pebble Beach in California, it is considered as the best 17-hole course in the world. The gorgious Monterey Peninsula and the mountains of Santa Lucia are dramatic from the fairways of this course.
St. Andrews Old Course usually looks flat on television, but when you reach on location, you’ll be surprised to see the depth of the humps, hollows, pot bunkers and the ripples on the fairways. Popularly known as the “Spiritual Home of Golf” and “Mother of Golf”, it is one of the oldest courses in the world, located in St. Andrews, Scotland.
Full of many memorable holes, the 17th hole (known as the Road Hole since it parallels the road) is perhaps the world’s most well-known hole in golf. As a first timer you may be disappointed with the course and be beaten up a little bit, but as you get to know this nature-made course better, slowly but surely you’ll fall in love with it. The gigantic greens, seemingly more than one acre in some areas, are the most remarkable and amazing ones for putting. The speed of the fairways and the detailed undulations are much faster than similar clubs.
The 5th, 8th and 18th holes have all been graced by Graeme’s brush and are displayed in the clubhouse. Situated besides the Pacific Ocean, Pebble Beach was designed by Chuck Dunbar and is a picturesque California golf course. If you can afford it, then Pebble Beach is a dream course for golfers around the world. Opened for play in 1919, this simple course is thrilling to play at. The beauty of the course is so distracting it often becomes difficult for players to keep their focus on the game.
As mentioned earlier, commissioning an artist to paint your clubs signature hole is very much like buying a watch – so choose your time piece wisley as well as your artist, since art is… timeless.